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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Native Son' at Court Theatre a compelling stage story

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Native Son' at Court Theatre a compelling stage story

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Latest 'CATS' includes dog salute musical number

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Latest 'CATS' includes dog salute musical number

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 29, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Crown Point Tri Kappa 2014 Kitchen Tour fit for a King

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Crown Point Tri Kappa 2014 Kitchen Tour fit for a King

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 28, 2014 12:00 am
'Art begets art': Purdue North Central campus a visual beehive

'Art begets art': Purdue North Central campus a visual beehive

Even before Lisa Tressler was a student at Purdue North Central in Westville, she was always intrigued by the varied display of large and impressive art sculptures along the campus entrances on U.S. 421.

September 27, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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New Products for Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

Beautiful blooms

September 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Big names headline Munster Friends of Theatre luncheon

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Big names headline Munster Friends of Theatre luncheon

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 27, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Evil Dead' musical spoof cursed by sound demons

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Evil Dead' musical spoof cursed by sound demons

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 26, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'The Arsonists' smolders on stage at Strawdog

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'The Arsonists' smolders on stage at Strawdog

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 25, 2014 12:00 am
'Evil' stage encounter: Campy Broadway in Chicago musical 'Evil Dead' promises fearful fun

'Evil' stage encounter: Campy Broadway in Chicago musical 'Evil Dead' promises fearful fun

Chicago actress Callie Johnson is used to the scary feeling that happens when performing live before an audience.

September 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Women on the Verge' a funny first for audiences

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Women on the Verge' a funny first for audiences

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 24, 2014 12:00 am
FROM the FARM: Easy chicken pot pie recipe welcomes fall

FROM the FARM: Easy chicken pot pie recipe welcomes fall

Last weekend's Ninth annual Pie Contest at Downtown Hammond's popular Bizarre Bazaar on Saturday provided a perfect mix of delicate crust and filled-to-the-brim favorite creations.

September 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Actress shines in world premiere Bette Davis play

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Actress shines in world premiere Bette Davis play

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 23, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Enduring actress Polly Bergen dead at age 84

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Enduring actress Polly Bergen dead at age 84

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 22, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with Phil Potempa: You're invited to fall tours of historic Pullman homes in Chicago

OFFBEAT with Phil Potempa: You're invited to fall tours of historic Pullman homes in Chicago

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 21, 2014 12:00 am
New Products for Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

Seeing red

September 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Hammond grad's Tippi tribute is stage return of 'Birds'

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Hammond grad's Tippi tribute is stage return of 'Birds'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 20, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Actor Yando reigns supreme in 'Lear' at Courtyard Theater

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Actor Yando reigns supreme in 'Lear' at Courtyard Theater

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 19, 2014 12:05 am
Twisted glad tidings: Rock icon Dee Snider bringing family fun holiday surprises for new Chicago stage run

Twisted glad tidings: Rock icon Dee Snider bringing family fun holiday surprises for new Chicago stage run

Rock star Dee Snider recalls how excited he was when he saw his first big Christmas stage show in New York.

September 18, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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Stage anniversaries abound: Theater 2014-15 season announcements include exciting runs and world premieres in Chicago

Stage anniversaries abound: Theater 2014-15 season announcements include exciting runs and world premieres in Chicago

A blend of both new and classic stage story favorites are the highlights for the launch of new seasons at Chicago's biggest theaters.

September 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Biggest Loser' big names at Saturday's Omni 5K

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Biggest Loser' big names at Saturday's Omni 5K

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 18, 2014 12:00 am
A big winner: Four Winds New Buffalo celebrating 'lucky' seven-year anniversary

A big winner: Four Winds New Buffalo celebrating 'lucky' seven-year anniversary

When Four Winds New Buffalo Chief Operating Officer Matt Harkness helped launch the new entertainment destination in New Buffalo, Mich., it was 2006 and a year before the property opened.

September 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Melissa Gilbert signing new 'Little House' cookbook Thursday

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Melissa Gilbert signing new 'Little House' cookbook Thursday

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 17, 2014 12:00 am
FROM the FARM: Hammond pie contest 'mint' to be

FROM the FARM: Hammond pie contest 'mint' to be

This Saturday is the Ninth annual Pie Contest at Downtown Hammond's popular Bizarre Bazaar.

September 17, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Actor's 'Methtacular!' stage journey is a triumph

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Actor's 'Methtacular!' stage journey is a triumph

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 16, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel includes 'Bobby,' comedy highs and lows

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel includes 'Bobby,' comedy highs and lows

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 15, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Chicago WGN Critic Roy Leonard helped herald NWI stage

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Chicago WGN Critic Roy Leonard helped herald NWI stage

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am
Wisconsin's Broadway Landmark: A hidden rural jewel, Ten Chimneys Estate offers glimpse at stage royalty's beloved home.

Wisconsin's Broadway Landmark: A hidden rural jewel, Ten Chimneys Estate offers glimpse at stage royalty's beloved home.

The late stage legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne are still referred to as "the first couple of the theater."

September 14, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Balmoral Park in Crete ready for tonight's 2014 Super Night

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Balmoral Park in Crete ready for tonight's 2014 Super Night

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 13, 2014 12:00 am
New Products for Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Kit cuisine

September 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: World premiere Bette Davis play opens tonight in MC

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: World premiere Bette Davis play opens tonight in MC

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 12, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel grateful to Joan Rivers for career push

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel grateful to Joan Rivers for career push

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 11, 2014 12:00 am
Crazy in love: Theatre at the Center's 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown' offers romantic rilings

Crazy in love: Theatre at the Center's 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown' offers romantic rilings

Editor's note: Actor Bernie Yvon, a talented stage favorite at Theatre at the Center and performance venues throughout Chicagoland, was cast in the role of the narrator for this month's run of "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." On Saturday, Sept. 6, Yvon was killed in a car acciden…

September 11, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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FROM the FARM: Watermelon pie an easy, unusual recipe

FROM the FARM: Watermelon pie an easy, unusual recipe

The late Orville Redenbacher happily wore the crown of "Popcorn King," and each year, made a return trek to Valparaiso to participate in the parade and festival created in his honor.

September 10, 2014 2:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Evan Bayh in Region today as lunch speaker

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Evan Bayh in Region today as lunch speaker

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 10, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Goodman Theatre in Chicago celebrating 90th anniversary season

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Goodman Theatre in Chicago celebrating 90th anniversary season

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 09, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: DJ Deadmau5 vs Disney, while stars flock to Rivers' funeral

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: DJ Deadmau5 vs Disney, while stars flock to Rivers' funeral

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 08, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: 'Jersey Boy' back to headline St. Jude House benefit Friday

OFFBEAT: 'Jersey Boy' back to headline St. Jude House benefit Friday

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am
New Products for Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

Baked goods

September 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Drury Lane's 'Game's Afoot' forced fun, yet still entertaining

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Drury Lane's 'Game's Afoot' forced fun, yet still entertaining

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 06, 2014 12:00 am
Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Sept. 4, 2014

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Sept. 4, 2014

Our monthly round-up of new children's media.

September 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Fifth Third Bank, Gwyneth Paltrow event raising money for cancer fight

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Fifth Third Bank, Gwyneth Paltrow event raising money for cancer fight

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 04, 2014 12:00 am
'Game' Players: Star leads ready for Drury Lane fun with silly stage mystery

'Game' Players: Star leads ready for Drury Lane fun with silly stage mystery

Actress Alene Robertson is a true fan of mysteries.

September 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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FROM the FARM: Redenbacher popcorn remains a family favorite

FROM the FARM: Redenbacher popcorn remains a family favorite

The late Orville Redenbacher happily wore the crown of "Popcorn King," and each year, made a return trek to Valparaiso to participate in the parade and festival created in his honor.

September 03, 2014 2:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel here for one show at Four Winds

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel here for one show at Four Winds

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 03, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Comic Jerry Lewis and singer son Gary Lewis share stage

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Comic Jerry Lewis and singer son Gary Lewis share stage

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 02, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Rural life honored Sept. 10 Purdue agriculture dinner at Avalon

OFFBEAT: Rural life honored Sept. 10 Purdue agriculture dinner at Avalon

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 01, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL Potempa: 'Big Fish,' 'Golden Pond' on Munster stage for 2015 season

OFFBEAT with PHIL Potempa: 'Big Fish,' 'Golden Pond' on Munster stage for 2015 season

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Joan Rivers still 'critical but stable'; Brad and Angie hitched

OFFBEAT: Joan Rivers still 'critical but stable'; Brad and Angie hitched

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 30, 2014 12:00 am Related
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